Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold has expressed his pride and excitement at being appointed as the club’s vice-captain. The Scouser, who has already won numerous major honours with his boyhood club, was confirmed as the deputy to new Reds skipper Virgil van Dijk on Monday.
Speaking at a press conference to preview Liverpool’s match against Bayern Munich, Alexander-Arnold revealed that he was taken aback by the decision, which was revealed to him by manager Jürgen Klopp in Singapore over the weekend.
Despite the surprise, Alexander-Arnold said that he feels ready for the added responsibility and leadership role, which he believes he has already been fulfilling through his example and actions in training and around the team.
The Liverpool right-back also praised the appointment of Van Dijk as captain, calling it a “good decision,” and expressing his confidence that the Dutch defender will lead the team well.
Reflecting on his own achievement, Alexander-Arnold admitted that he felt proud of himself and that the vice-captaincy was a stepping stone towards his ultimate ambition of captaining the club.
Finally, the 22-year-old spoke about his enjoyment of playing in midfield and how the positional change has brought out the best in him, citing Steven Gerrard and Xabi Alonso as players he admired growing up. He stated that he is a “student of the game” and loves watching and learning from football.